CULT421-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Multispecies Studies

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

This occurrence is not offered


This course introduces a new subfield of anthropology concerned with the interconnectedness of humans and other life forms. Recognizing that the human condition cannot be understood in isolation, it considers the meaningful agency of nonhuman others and their entanglement with human lives, landscapes and technologies. The course introduces students to cutting-edge studies of mammalian interspecies intimacies, to intersections with insects, fish, fungi, and microbes, to issues of extinction and invasion, and to the implications of other species for human bodies, economies, foods and technologies.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course, students will have developed:
  • A critical understanding of posthumanist theory, dualist thought systems, and the multispecies turn in the humanities and social sciences
  • Familiarity with the latest research on human intersections with primates, elephants, microbes, fungi, insects, and aquatic creatures
  • Knowledge of key concepts including coevolution, companion species, mutual ecology, the human microbiome, and the Anthropocene
  • Substantive appreciation of the role of nonhuman species in configuring human worlds, and of species loss and extinction in multispecies environments
  • Improved analytic thinking skills, better scholarly research abilities, and greater aptitude in oral and written communication


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Piers Locke

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All CULT421 Occurrences

  • CULT421-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020 - Not Offered